Mini Countryman made its North American debut today at the New York International Auto Show. Set to make its U.S. debut early next year, the new Mini Countryman comes equipped with four doors, four individual seats and a four-wheel-drive system known as MINI ALL4. Due to the fact that it measures 161.3 inches long and has a wheelbase of 102.2 inches the new crossover offers more passenger space that any other vehicle from the Mini range as well as nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space.
According to the manufacturer, the new Countryman represents a completely new car and represents the gap between the classic Mini concept and a modern crossover vehicle. Like any other vehicle from the Mini range, the Countryman offers space and greater flexibility but also the typical Mini fun. The extra interior space is made possible by the additional height of the body, and by the car's longer wheelbase, which has grown nearly six inches compared to the hardtop. A key feature in the interior design is the innovative Center Rail, an aluminum track that stretches from the front to the rear of the cabin and offers storage for personal item.
Also, we gave electrical and USB connections for seamless integration of smartphones and other devices. The new Mini Countryman will be available in three versions: Cooper, Cooper S or Cooper S with ALL4. Mini says that its new Countryman will be the first crossover in the market equipped with a turbocharged and direct-injected engine with VALVETRONIC technology, which together provide optimum performance and efficiency. "The Countryman is the most striking addition to our vehicle lineup so far,"said Jim McDowell, Vice President, MINI USA. "And development of this vehicle has inspired our engineers and designers; the brand is taking on a new, even feistier, fun-loving attitude."